Each person comes to Mindfulness and Meditation for their own reasons around stress, anxiety, pain, thriving, and many others. We each may need different parts of the teachings (which are derived from the Buddhist practices and are not affiliated with any religion).
You do not have to sit cross-legged or chant or pray to any images. This is a secular, non-religious ancient practice for our times.
We learn a variety of key concepts and practices so you have a set of resources to use as and when they are relevant as well as developing a regular practice.
The research is positively compelling on the mental, emotional and physical benefits, for most.
We can do 1:1 sessions or/and group sessions and practice together. Please see my other pages for more information about upcoming courses and prices.
My Mindfulness and Meditation practice is my stabilising force.
I love to watch as I have moments of understanding over and over again, finally 'getting' concepts that had eluded me, or getting them in new ways. Sometimes it has taken a long time!
I love to share what I have learned and to practice with people.
We are so intricately entwined with each other and to acknowledge, support and impact positively on these connections matters to me.
My training with the international Breathworks organisation has enabled me to meet my parenting role with greater ease, in the moment with each child, and with my self-evaluation around being a parent. It has also impacted on my willingness to be with what is actually going on for me and thereby what I'm taking into interactions, with a personal striving for authenticity.
We all lead extremely busy lives where we are pulled in a million different directions at once. One way to help manage the stress that our hectic lifestyles produce is mindfulness. Mindfulness is tuning in to moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings.
Practicing mindfulness also involves acceptance in that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judgement, meaning there is no right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, we tune in to what we’re sensing at the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
While mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation, it is now widely accepted as a stress and pain management technique due to the many positive effects it has on the mind and body. Mindfulness is used in a variety of settings including schools, prisons, hospitals, veteran programs, and beyond.
10 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Here are 10 reasons to incorporate mindfulness into your life.
Does a body good: This study found that practicing mindfulness meditation boosts the immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
Positively changes our brains: Research has found that it increases the density of grey matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
Can fight obesity: Practicing mindful eating encourages healthier eating habits, helps us lose weight and helps us savour the food we do eat.
Helps regulate emotions. Those that practice mindfulness experience a decrease in emotional reactivity and an increase in cognitive focus.
Fosters compassion and altruism: Research suggests mindfulness training makes us more likely to help someone in need and increases activity in neural networks involved in understanding the suffering of others and regulating emotions. Evidence suggests it might boost self-compassion as well.
Increases relationship satisfaction. Research suggests mindfulness training makes couples more satisfied with their relationship, makes each partner feel more optimistic and relaxed and makes them feel more accepting of and closer to one another.
Benefits parents and parents-to-be: Studies suggest it may reduce pregnancy-related anxiety, stress, and depression in expectant parents. Parents who practice mindfulness report being happier with their parenting skills and their relationship with their children and their children were found to have better social skills.
Helps veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Studies have shown mindfulness practice can reduce the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
How to Practice Mindfulness
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but all techniques are various forms of meditation used to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxing. This is done by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgement. This allows the mind to focus on the present. Here are some examples of how to practice mindfulness.
Basic mindfulness meditation: Quietly focusing on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment and return to your focus on breath or mantra.
Body sensations: Notice subtle body sensations such as an itch or tingling (without judgement) and let them pass. Notice each part of your body in succession from head to toe.
Sensory: Notice signs, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches. Name them without judgement, feel them, and then let them go.
Emotions: Allow emotions to be present without judgement. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions. Accept emotions as they come, acknowledge them without judgement, and then let them go.
Urge surfing: Cope with cravings and allow them to pass. Notice how your body feels as the urge enters. Replace the wish for the craving to go away with certain knowledge that it will subside and that you have control over the urge.
"Very calming, very articulate, very easy to understand the concepts she put over. I would recommend to others".
DS- Personal assistant
"Vibha is an excellent listener and teacher! She brings clarity to complex concepts and builds up confidence in student's own abilities."
"Excellent teacher with a real ability to connect and empathise with students. Also, good sense of humour and relating to real life situations."
PS -Local councillor
"Vibha is patient and thorough in delivering the course material. I particularly enjoyed her gentle & hypnotic voice in the meditations. The course was well worth doing."
JR-holistic health practitioner